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Supply Chain Logistics Index – Q4 2021

The logistics industry has gone through a tremendous amount of turmoil since March 2020 and the volatility continues. Business owners are thinking about major players in the market, trends and how to stay competitive. Our quarterly report begins to address these topics.
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FOCUS U.S. Communications Service Provider Quarterly: Winter 2022 Report

Public Markets

Unfortunately, the FOCUS Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) continued its downward slide in our winter reporting period with a three-month drop of 8.7%. This was despite a favorable market backdrop in which the S&P 500 gained 10.7% and the NASDAQ gained 8.3%. The situation is similar for the full year period.The CSPI posted an annual loss of 12.4%, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed out the year with gains north of 20%. Not surprisingly, sector multiples are lower than they were in the year-ago period.The CSPI’s revenue multiple dropped from 2.9x to 2.7x, while its EBITDA multiple fell from 8.3x to 7.6x
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FOCUS Telecom Business Services Quarterly: Winter 2022 Report

Public Markets

The FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) returned to positive territory this reporting period with a strong three-month gain of 9.0%. This put the TBSI in between the 10.7% return in the S&P 500 and the 8.3% return in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time frame. The sector looks even better over the longer 12-month time frame. The 34.6% gain in the TBSI outstripped both the 26.9% gain in the S&P 500 and the 21.4% gain in the NASDAQ. In addition, sector multiples went from 0.8x revenue and 9.4x EBITDA in the year-ago period to 1.0x revenue and 11.0x EBITDA at the end of the current reporting period.
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FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Winter 2021 Report

Public Markets

After a general upwards trend in our last several reports, the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) reversed course and dropped 7.0% in our winter three-month reporting period. This was despite a reasonably favorable market environment in which the S&P 500 gained 1.0% and the NASDAQ gained 1.8%. Sector losses were broad-based as only one CFTTI sub sector managed to deliver a positive return. For the full year, the CFTTI is still in the black with a year-over-year return of 19.3%. Even with this strong performance, the sector still lags both the 26.1% return in the S&P 500 and the 27.4% return in the NASDAQ over the past 12 months. Sector multiples have shown meaningful increases com- pared to this same time last year. The sector revenue multiple went from 2.2x a year ago to 2.5x currently, while the sector EBITDA multiple increased from 11.3x to 12.0x.
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FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly – Fall 2021

Telecom Investment Banking

Public Markets

While sector performance has cooled off significantly since our last report, the FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) still managed to deliver a positive return of 1.5% in this most recent three-month period. The sector underperformed the broader indices over this time frame as it lagged both the S&P 500 (up 4.8%) and the NASDAQ (up 5.6%).The situation looks better when measured over the full year as the EFTTI is up 37.8% in the past 12 months. While this still lags the 39.2% gain in the S&P 500 and the 39.6% gain in the NASDAQ, the gap is extremely narrow. Multiples are up strongly com- pared to this time last year.The sub sector revenue multiple closed out the period at 7.0x (up from 5.3x a year ago) while the EBITDA multiple ended up at 27.0x (up from 19.9x a year ago).
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FOCUS U.S. Communications Service Provider Quarterly: Fall 2021 Report

Public Markets

It was a rough three months for the FOCUS Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) as it ended the period 6.2% below where it began. This significantly underperformed both the 0.2% gain in the S&P 500 and the 0.4% loss in the NASDAQ. The CSPI also lags the broader indices in terms of year-over-year performance as its 3.6% gain compares unfavorably with both the 28.1% gain in the S&P 500 and the 29.4% gain in the NASDAQ. Sector multiples are slightly higher than they were a year ago.The sector revenue multiple ticked up from 2.8x to 2.9x, while the EBITDA multiple increased from 7.9x to 8.2x.
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FOCUS Telecom Business Services Quarterly: Fall 2021 Report

Public Markets

After several periods of gains, the FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) slipped into the black with a loss of 0.5% over the past three months. In addition to its negative performance, the sub sector trailed the broader indices as the S&P 500 rose 0.2% and the NASDAQ dipped 0.4% over the same time period. Even with this period’s decline, performance for the full year remains strong. The TBSI is up 41.2% over the past 12 months, which handily outperforms both the 28.1% gain in the S&P 500 and the 29.4% gain in the NASDAQ. Sector multiples are also higher than they were in the year-ago period. The sector revenue multiple increased from 0.6x to 0.7x, while the sector EBITDA multiple rose from 7.4x to 9.2x.

VfD Technologies Case Study

Subsidiaries of VfD Technologies have been acquired by ARCH Global Precision

Three precision machining subsidiaries of VfD Technologies, Inc., a technology intensive manufacturer, have been acquired by ARCH Global Precision, a company that manufactures high-quality cutting tools and medical instruments. FOCUS initiated this transaction and advised VfD throughout the process. This case study highlights the unique process of this transaction.

White Paper: Understanding Investor Interest in Home Healthcare and Hospice

A must read for Home Healthcare and Hospice Agency Owners. We examine the key factors that have come together like a perfect storm to create the major industry consolidation currently underway. A unique window of opportunity now exists where eager buyers and motivated sellers can complete win/win deals. Private equity firms and strategic investors are interested in acquiring agencies to expand their home healthcare and hospice businesses at the same time sellers are dealing with the operational challenges created by the recent shift to the Patient Driven Grouping Model. This has led to a record level of deal activity during the first eight months of 2021.